My chief regret in life/Guitar Shopping
July 20, 2012 4:56 AM Subscribe
I sold a Dana Bourgeois Slope D guitar and have always regretted it. I can't really afford to buy another one. What's a good alternative?
posted by sully75 to Media & Arts (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
This is truly what I call the great regret of my life. I bought a Dana Bourgeois (pre-pantheon) Slope D guitar, Indian Rosewood back and Spruce Top (IIRC). I had it for a couple of years and when I was a little less active and wanted to take a trip I sold it for an unspeakably small amount of money. Not unspeakably, maybe, but far less than what I could buy one for now.
I'm back to playing guitar and would like to have a really nice instrument. Currently playing the same $100 buck yamaha that I've had for years. I'm wondering about buying a much nicer instrument, but can't really afford a new or used Bourgeois based on ebay prices...and they don't seem to be any cheaper at dealers.
Can you suggest a maker that I could look for? My rememberance of the Slope D was that it was a smallish guitar with a clear, warm sound, wetter than dry. Seemed to respond well to finger (well...skin, I have no nails) picking and pick. I have some right shoulder problems, so something on the smaller side would be good.
I'm saving money at the moment. Currently at $450. I don't think I will end up spending more than $1200. I could end up with a used Martin, I guess. I was wondering if that might get me something from an up and coming boutique maker? Definitely not looking for a fancy guitar, but a beautiful one, tastefully done.